Alaska Unguided Moose Hunt Report by Joel Frazier

Joel Frazier with his Alaska bull.

Hunter: Joel Frazier
Date: September 8-17, 2021
Trip Taken: Alaska Unguided Moose Hunt
Outfitter: OI-RAA1
Consultant: Kyle Hanson | OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL

Alaska Unguided Moose Hunt

  • Day 1: Flew into the field and set up our camp and scouted that afternoon. Two cows and a nice bull spotted.
  • Day 2:: Buddy shoots bull first thing (was the bull from the night before). Rest of day spent quartering and packing.
  • Day 3: Finished packing my buddies bull and securing meat for pickup. No moose movement from my hunting.
  • Day 4: Meat was picked up by pilot. Bad weather. No moose movement from my hunting.
  • Day 5: Weather clears. We use raft to access a different area of lake. See two small bulls sparring.
  • Day 6: Paddling to area from night before come across three bulls swimming across the lake. I shoot the largest of the three when he exits the water. Spend all day quartering and packing meat back to camp via raft.
  • Day 7: Pack up camp and come out of the field with my moose meat.
  • Day 8: Packed up our gear for next day flight (we were able to change our flight to come home early. Had beers at Fili’s Pizza (only place to have beer in Bethel, Alaska).
  • Day 9: Fly home.

The Outfitter did a great job of getting us into the field and getting our camp and moose meat out in a timely manner.

We got to know several of the guys who work there and had a good time with them.  One of their pilots was a huge help in getting us into the field as one of our bags didn’t show up, which had my buddies waders. The pilot drove us around Bethel where we were able to purchase a set of waders for my buddy so we could get into the field that day (actually purchased from their competitor). I have nothing bad to say about the operation, although communication could of been better I would go again in a heartbeat.

  • How was your food and lodging? We brought our own camp and food which was a smart choice in my opinion as we ate incredibly well and had a very comfortable camp.
  • How was your outfitters communication? Fair. The only downside to the outfitter was the communication as there were some opportunities. Several other groups of hunters we met experienced the same thing. Those who only communicated with the outfitter via Inreach had delayed responses and poor correspondence on pickups. We had a sat phone which was great as we were able to call home to our families and also the outfitter to speak directly with them when we had a moose down. We still had some miscommunication which were not a big deal but something to deal with. They are extremely busy at this time of year so I understand the issues they were facing and appeared to be short staffed.
  • How physically demanding was your trip? Moderate.
  • How would you rate your consultant? Kyle is the man, plan on going with him again on future hunts. Easy to communicate with and a down to earth guy.
  • Would you book another trip with OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL in the future? Yes
  • Can we use your stories and/or photos on our website? Yes
  • Can we use this in social media? Yes – @frazierjoel
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